Canadian diplomat: We handed over mostly innocent Afghans for torture

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November 19, 2009 01:26

A former senior Canadian diplomat in Afghanistan says prisoners Canada handed over to Afghanistan's intelligence service a few years ago were tortured and many of them were likely innocent. Intelligence officer Richard Colvin testified before a Parliament committee on Wednesday that captives taken by Canadian troops and handed over to the Afghans were subjected to beatings and electric shocks in 2006 and early 2007. Colvin says the Red Cross tried for three months in 2006 to warn the Canadian army in Kandahar about what was happening to prisoners, but no one would "even take their phone calls." Peter Kent, parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, says since a new transfer agreement was signed, the government has received no complaints of torture.

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